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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Quiet Time: Stupid Surveys and Other Mental Maladies

Stupid Surveys and Other Mental Maladies
A prudent man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools proclaims folly - Proverbs 12:23.

We’ve all seen the truism that reads, “There are no stupid questions” but I’m pretty sure that I heard one. The question was part of a survey that asked, “When is it considered cheating?” It was raised in response to the whole Anthony Weiner fiasco. OK, I understand, the guy did wrong and he’s going to suffer for it. But, that’s not what got my gander up. It was the question; the really stupid question, “When is it considered cheating?” Just in case any of us think this question is legitimate; let me offer a method that’ll stop the Stupid Train before it leaves the station.

Here’s what I suggest: The next time we feel like carrying on a conversation with the opposite sex that we sense may be leading us into dangerous territory; we should, with a very straight face, look deeply into our spouse’s eyes and ask, “So, Babe, how would you respond to this person?” I think that’ll settle it. Unfortunately, if someone really is asking themselves "When is cheating on my spouse really cheating?" I believe they’re half way home to doing it; cheating that is.

Look, we do stupid stuff all the time. It happens; it’s called sin. Sin, for the most part, eventually gets found out and we suffer for it (Numbers 32:23) (see also: Genesis 4:7; 14:16; Isaiah 59:12). But, asking a question that’s based on the predisposition of playing with sin is just plain goofy. The person asking that question is asking for trouble, because he shows where his heart is (or where his toes are, which is right on the line that shouldn’t be crossed).

My pastor recently shared in a sermon, that the best way to deal with temptation is to RUN from it (1 Corinthians 6:18). So, don’t even give it a chance.

Like the other old truism states, “If you doubt; don’t.” This is good advice. By following it, we will, at the very least, keep ourselves safe from asking or answering stupid surveys.

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